QUOTE(Altima NEO @ Aug 1 2007, 11:09 PM)
From the sounds of that other newspost, it seems Nintendo was likely behind all the pressure on the feds.
I can confirm that 4 installers I've spoken too who got hit were all hit after servicing a Wii. I can also confirm that these same shops DO NOT sell pirated games.
reading the ICE press release they make a point to say that these devices are being "smuggled" into the USA.
for those that don't know Wii modchips are nothing more than microcontrollers... Atmel and Microchip both have American branches and sell products in the USA, they're nothing but MCUs found in everyday items from TV remotes to RC cars to computers and other consumer electronics.
the code doesn't include any pirated material it was written by someone and in most cases is either not copywritten at all or protected under the GPL meaning it's freely distributed. The rest of the chip is just a harmless wafer of silicone and copper and all the installers are doing is attaching these individually legal components to the console.
A micro controller is no more a copyright circumvention device as a laptop is...
I really hope that these shops band together and take this all the way to the courts.
Just because something is a law doesn't mean it's right and the court system is the place where bad laws can be found unconstitutional.
The only questionable component of a modchip is the code and IMO code should be protected under freespeach.
I agree with those that mentioned the US government needs to stop listening to special interest lobbiests.... they seem to be shitting all over the technology liberties and dramatically damaging advances in technology in the process. I don't know what's worse the souless lobbiests and corporations that push this stuff into law, the ignorant politicians that are bought off so easily, or the apathetic citizens who are oblivious to what's going on and waste their time battling issues of gay marriage, the use of the word "God" in the pledge of allegiance, and other truly meaningless crap while the rest of our freedoms are taken out back an executed one by one.